Bowmore Benefits from Funding Scheme

Argyll and Bute council issued a press release yesterday morning with some fantastic news for Bowmore. Islay's administrative capital is to benefit from a substantial financial injection of £300,000. The money comes from a £600,000 government Town Centre Regeneration Fund (TCRF) and has to be equally shared between the town of Dunoon and Bowmore. Council Leader Dick Walsh said: 'This is fantastic news for Argyll and Bute, and a huge boost for the economies of Dunoon, Bowmore and the area as a whole. 'This money will significantly progress our ambitious plans for economic development and regeneration across the area. 'Our town centres are a key element of the economic and social fabric of Argyll and Bute, and we obviously want to see them reach their full potential. Councillor Walsh stressed that the funds will go towards major improvements to both town centres, making them more attractive places in which to live, work and visit. 'I congratulate everyone who worked so hard on the bids, and very much look forward to seeing the work start and the town centres of Bowmore and Dunoon become the vibrant, attractive and welcoming places they promise to be,' he added. Continue reading.....

Later that day For Argyll published a reaction from Argyll's MSP, Jim Mather: "Argyll’s MSP, Jim Mather, is also delighted. After the announcement of the awards made by his colleague Alex Neil, Housing and Communities Minister, Mr Mather was quick to congratulate the Council and the two towns on their collective success. He said of Bowmore: 'I am pleased to learn that Bowmore has secured an allocation of £300,000 from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund. This will enable cash to be spent on a traffic management system, the refurbishment of public toilets, the replacement of pontoons and dredging at the harbour, the creation of a play area for children and the installation of a lift in the Public Hall. Additionally, provision can now be made for environmental enhancements in planting of flower beds and the provision of seating in open spaces."

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